After the ending that season 3 gave us, we can’t wait and see where our heroes go next in Outlander season 4?
Outlanders third season gave us a soaking wet finale, as we saw our favorite leading couple Claire and Jamie get shipwrecked(yet again) by the ruthless ocean on their trip from Jamaica to Scotland. The ship they were on, the Artemis, is completely destroyed and Claire almost lost her life, but thanks to her Highlander husband she was saved.
The pair ended up washed up on a mysterious beach, which they will soon learn is actually Georgia, one of the original thirteen colonies of the United States.
But what does this mean for our leading couple? Will they ever return to Scotland? Whats next for our heroes?
What Should We Expect From Season 4?
Outlander season 4 is based on Diana Gabaldon’s fourth entry in the Outlander book series, The Drums of Autumn. In the book, Jamie and Claire face brand new threats in this new environment they find themselves in.
Caitriona Balfe tells RadioTimes.com that this new setting is particularly interesting for Claire, who has already lived in the USA, but in the 20th century. “When she left America it was at the height of the civil rights movement and so it’s a very interesting thing to have her come at the inception of the United States of America, as we know it today,” she says.
The country Claire and Jamie find themselves in is much different to what Claire is used to, as this is the US where slavery still exists and the first settlers have started interacting with the Native Americans.
“It’s very interesting to watch her wrap her mind around how to be a pioneer but also knowing what she knows and having the respect she does for the Native American culture,” Balfe adds. “It definitely isn’t without its problems and issues and having her figure out how to be a respectful pioneer I suppose. So yeah it’s an interesting thing to play.”
She says season four, like each season before it, will offer viewers something different. “It’s interesting to watch how all of these characters embrace the new land and all of the trials and tribulations that come along with that as well as the excitement, and that kind of new beginning is really exciting to get on board with.”
Who Is Onboard For Outlander Season 4?
At the moment the only people that we know are returning for sure are Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and the gang(almost everyone that survived season three). Also, we will be getting some fresh faces joining the cast with the introduction of new characters.
Irish actress Maria Doyle Kennedy( who you might recognize from her role as Catherine of Aragon in The Tudors, or more recently as Mrs. S from Orphan Black) has been cast as the newest member of the Fraser family. She fills take on the role of Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta, who will play a part in Jamie and Claire’s story as they arrive at her plantation at the beginning of the story.
Downtown Abbey’s Ed Speelers (who played Eragon in…Eragon) will star as Stephen Bonnet, a villainous Irish-born pirate whose actions will have quite important consequences for many of the main characters.
And on top of all this, the cast is also joined by two adorable little puppies, who will play Rollo, a wolf hybrid who also becomes a much-loved member of the Fraser clan.
Will We See Roger And Brianna Again?
In season three we finally got to meet Claire and Jamie’s daughter, Brianna, and the Reverend Wakefield’s adopted son, Roger MacKenzie. Even with the small amount of screen-time, they got they managed to steal our hearts with their will-they-wont-they romance.
If season four stays true to The Drums of Autumn then fans are in for a real treat, because Brianna and Roger have a much bigger role to play in the story.
“They actually come into the story in a much bigger way in season four,” executive producer Ron Moore told RadioTimes.com earlier this year, and that’s something actors Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin told us they’re VERY excited about.
“The scope really widens in Drums of Autumn. It’s a brilliant book and it just becomes much bigger; not just for us but as a whole, the story as a whole just becomes epic,” said Rankin, who added that he had no idea how the writers would manage to fit the whole novel into one season.
“There’s a really great story for Roger and Brianna, and we may or may not go back in time in the books…” Skelton teased.
When Will Outlander Season 4 Air?
With no official confirmation of the release date and with filming finishing in June lets hope for a premiere sometime in autumn this year.
How Many Episodes Will We Get?
Starz has yet to state how many episodes will this season have.
Season one had 16, while seasons 2 and 3 both had 13 episodes.
Will Outlander Return For The Fifth Season?
Seasons three and four of the show were commissioned at the same time but there’s been no official word just yet about a fifth season.
However, Ron Moore is pretty sure that it’s going to happen.